(Art) The Noumena of Félix Labisse

Félix Labisse (1905 – 1982) was a French surrealist painter and set designer known for his series of blue women and for his demonic figures, which seem like outtakes from the works of Hieronymus Bosch.

Although it doesn’t quite match the explicit thoughtfulness of Magritte, seven years his senior, Labisse’s work is also more accessible, more purely symbolic, and so asks less of the viewer than the former’s. As is true of most surrealist art, any meaning is very much in the mind of the observer.